Springhill to disband police

Christopher Gooding cgooding@citizenrecord.ca
Published on March 25, 2014
Springhill police guarded the crime scene on Oct. 24 where 38-year-old Tracy Ann Rudderham was killed in the early morning hours.
Christopher Gooding - The Citizen-Record

SPRINGHILL - The first domino has fallen since the Town of Springhill announced it will dissolve into the county, with council passing a motion Tuesday afternoon to disband the Springhill Police Service.

"The future of policing will be decided by the transition team as part of the application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board," Mayor Max Snow said.

The motion, Deputy Mayor Darrell White said, is a contractual formality that the town, as employers, are required to give the department 12-months notice before terminating its services. Through dissolution, the town will no longer exist as a legal entity on April 1, 2015, meaning notice needs to be made now.

The Springhill Police Service may still have hope if the transition team, made up of members of the Town of Springhill and the Municipality of Cumberland County, decide to continue their employ along with the RCMP, who already service the county, but the notice was still not welcome news.

"It's a sad day for the Town of Springhill," police officer and union president Doug Williams said. "There's been a police force here since 1889. Hopefully the officers will find employment."

Williams admits the motion wasn't a shock given policing in Springhill was under review prior to the announcement to dissolve the town, but he hopes the transition team doesn't dismiss the need for a police presence in the community after April 1, 2015.

"There has to be some sort of policing in the town," Williams said. "Ultimately now, it's going to be the county to make that decision."